Organic Foods Are No Better For Your Health

    September 4, 2012
    Zach Walton
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Growing up as a sloven computer nerd, I cared not for my health. It turns out that my health is actually pretty important. That’s why I make a conscious effort to eat healthier. This means that I spend more on food buying organic fruits and vegetables. If a recent study is to be believed, I was just wasting money.

Researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine recently published a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine that sought to determine if the health benefits of organic produce actually live up to the claims of being better for you. Consumers definitely think so with the organic produce economy growing from a $3.6 billion business in 1997 to a $24.4 billion business today. Are these foods really better for you though?

The study had researchers going through all the existing studies that compared the health benefits of organic to conventional diets. Unfortunately, there have been no long term studies conducted to determine if organic foods lead to longer lives. The longest study took place over two years.

The researchers came to a conclusion, after comparing countless studies, that there is no significant difference between organic and conventional produce. Interestingly enough, they did find that organic produce contains higher levels of phosphorous than its peers. Organic foods also contained lower levels of pesticides so the risk of chemical-induced sickness is much lower, but conventional produce is usually just as safe.

You may think that somebody at Stanford has something against the organic produce economy. That is not the case as the researchers encourage people to buy organic for more reasons beyond health. They list taste preferences or concern over the impact of traditional farming as reasons to buy organic.

Regardless of your diet, organic or conventional, it’s important that you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. All the organic meat in the world isn’t going to save you from an early grave. A balanced diet consisting of meats, fruits, vegetables and dairy products are the real life save.

  • http://applebysystems.ca/ Shophia More

    women very much know her health, but all women don’t car for about her health because many work over there, women car her children, husband and now many women go to office also so she not give full time for exercise.

  • Nikki

    WAIT! Health problems HAVE been linked to pesticide use. To me, this study simply says that an apple sprayed with pesticide has the same nutritional value as one which is not. Organic gardening does not produce food that has higher nutrient value than regular food. But Organic gardening DOES produce food without pesticides. I don’t know if any studies have been done looking at the link between organic foods and disease prevention. But until they have been done, I prefer to eat my food with as few poisonous chemicals as possible.

    • Donna

      Agreed. The article said there have been no long-term studies conducted, and it’s long term effects that are the problem when consuming small amounts of pesticides over time. Comparing the nutritional value of pesticide tainted produce and organic produce on a given day can’t determine anything.

  • lynn lawler

    They are POTENTIALLY right. Having been an organic gardener all my life, I can easily tell “nutrient dense” organic produce from “organic neglect” crops. If you dig a hole, drop in some seeds, cover it up and leave it alone..no or little watering or fertilizing, then you get an inferior crop unless thesoil is naturally rich. I am a proponent of nutrient dense organics, which IDEFYanyone to tell me is no better than the store bought tasteless “cardboard” produce we are all used to…looks great, but no taste. Educate yourselves to the difference. Good organic produce smells good, is crisp, with good natural color and hydration. Grow your own, then you will know what is and isn’t in it!